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What a huge pile of stinking, sloppy steaming turds we are being served, on the subject of employee contracts at the moment!  It’s been common, in recent times, to hear people bemoan the lack of spelling, grammar, and correct use of English in public discourse.  We laugh, when we receive a badly written CV.  We...
If unemployment rates are at a 17 year high, and youth unemployment (16-24 year olds) especially has risen to 991,000 or 21.3%, then how can it be that businesses are struggling to find talent?  Perhaps businesses are being too fussy, or maybe even a higher proportion of the young demographic are unemployable.  Surely not, you...
This phrase is famously quoted in the seminal (in my opinion) movie, Wayne’s World, and attributed to either “Kierkegaard or Dick Van Patten”.  It’s not always easy to control how we are defined by others, but we all make attempts to do so.  Often random events or idiosyncrasies become how other people relate to you,...
I’ve changed my mind about something this week.  The germ of an idea had been growing in my mind about religion and recruitment.  In many countries there are constitutional laws enacted to keep religion and state separate, for many reasons, but largely to ensure that the governance of a country is neither swayed, nor (more...
This is not always a bad thing, and is implicit in the employment deal struck between many individuals and their employers.  Many, but not all, jobs are very dependent upon your ability to interact with other people outwith your own company; clients, suppliers, candidates, government bodies etc etc. Before the advent of social media, companies...
As a recruiter, I’m well aware of the pitfalls of considering and accepting a counteroffer from an existing or other employer.  However, there is very little available advice for employers who want to avoid the dreaded “No Start”. Don’t believe anyone who says that recruiting is easy right now, and that any employer can pick...
I wouldn’t really class myself as a brave person, or a risk taker. What I am though is headstrong, obdurate, stubborn, and compulsive.  I usually like to call it decisive. This normally manifests itself in committing to a course of action, rather than regret making no decision at all for years to come.  I know...
This weekend, I had occasion to buy son No2 his first suit.  He has an interview for Uni and the sixth year school prom soon, so one that could be used for both purposes would be ideal.  As he was trying on various items, and grimacing at the discomfort, I distinctly recalled buying my own...
I’ve brought my three sons up to be grasses; tell-tales, clipes, snitches, there are many names for it, and I’m happy with them all.  Needless to say, this is not a popular or common view.  Society has contrived to agree with those that demand silence; that you should never tell on someone else.  Excepting of...
As a recruiter, and professional nosey-parker, I always loved finding out intimate details of individuals’ working lives, which they would never reveal to other people.  One of those, of course, is the biggest taboo subject in the workplace –salary.  A spokesman for the Government Equalities Office says: “From October 2010 the Equality Act will make...
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